A summons that is issued by City agencies and filed at OATH charge a person or entity with a “violation.” Violations are not crimes. However, it is extremely important that people issued a summons that charges a violation respond, in order to avoid negative consequences. If you do not fully resolve a violation, you may receive liens on properties, civil judgments, and executions of civil judgments by the City Sherriff or Marshal. All these negatively impact credit scores, and then can impact approvals for credit cards, mortgages and other items. Failure to pay a civil penalty may also lead to the denial, suspension, termination, or revocation of a current or future City license, permit or registration.
OATH does not write tickets, and it does not conduct inspections. The tickets that are heard by Hearing Officers at the OATH Hearings Division are issued by more than 20 different New York City and State agencies . These agencies include the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Fire Department of New York, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The OATH Hearings Division is separate from these agencies.
Recipients of most types of summonses can search for, review and pay many types of tickets on the NYC Business website by creating a new account or signing in to an existing account. Searches for tickets can be done on the OATH website by typing in a name, address, or ticket number on OATH’s Summons Finder.
Recipients of summonses must respond to them, either by admitting to the violation listed on and paying the fine, or by contesting the summons by participating in a hearing. To learn more about types of hearings provided by OATH and which types of summons can be contested remotely, please refer to the links below. If the recipient does not respond to the summons, they will be found in violation of the charge, and a higher penalty may be imposed.
66 John Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10038
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: OATH Hearings Division